Olivia Colman

Olivia Colman

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1974-01-30 (47 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK

57 Movies · 47 TV shows

Also Known As: 올리비아 콜먼 · Sarah Caroline Colman · 올리비아 콜맨 · Sarah Sinclair · Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman · Sarah Caroline Olivia Sinclair

Biography

Sarah Caroline Sinclair (née Colman; 30 January 1974), known professionally as Olivia Colman, is an English actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award, three British Academy Television Awards, a British Academy Film Award, three Golden Globe Awards, four British Independent Film Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and the BFI Fellowship.A graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Colman made her acting breakthrough in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show (2003–2015). Her other comedy roles in television include Green Wing (2004–2006), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006–2008), Beautiful People (2008–2009), Rev. (2010–2014), Flowers (2016–2018), and Fleabag (2016–2019). Colman received the British Academy Television Award for Best Female Comedy Performance for her part in the comedy programme Twenty Twelve (2011–2012) and Best Supporting Actress for the anthology crime programme Accused (2012).Colman gained acclaim for her performance in the ITV crime drama series Broadchurch (2013–2017), which won her a British Academy Television Award for Best Actress. She also appeared in the Susanne Bier thriller miniseries The Night Manager (2016), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. In 2019 and 2020, she portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix period drama series The Crown, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.Colman's film roles include supporting roles in Hot Fuzz (2007), The Iron Lady (2011), Hyde Park on Hudson (2012), The Lobster (2015), and Murder on the Orient Express (2017), and leading roles in Tyrannosaur (2011), The Favourite (2018) and The Father (2020). For portraying Anne, Queen of Great Britain in The Favourite, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Personal Life

In the late 1990s, while performing in a Footlights production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn's Table Manners, Colman met Ed Sinclair, then a third-year law student who had become disillusioned with law and preferred to write. Colman and Sinclair married in August 2001, and have three children together. They live in south London.Since 2013, she has been a judge on the panel of the Norwich Film Festival. In August 2014, Colman was one of 200 public figures who signed a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to the September 2014 referendum on the issue. In November 2020, she signed an open letter condemning violence and discrimination against trans women.

Early Life

Sarah Caroline Colman was born in Norwich on 30 January 1974, the daughter of nurse Mary (née Leakey) and chartered surveyor Keith Colman. She was privately educated at Norwich High School for Girls and Gresham's School in Holt, Norfolk. Her first role was Jean Brodie in a school production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the age of 16. She cites her mother's interrupted career as a ballet dancer as an inspiration to pursue acting professionally. Colman spent a term studying primary teaching at Homerton College, Cambridge before studying drama at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, from which she graduated in 1999. During her time at Cambridge, she auditioned for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club and met future co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb.Colman was a subject of the UK genealogy programme Who Do You Think You Are? in July 2018. Although she expected that her family tree would mainly relate to Norfolk, it was discovered that her fourth great-grandfather, Richard Campbell Bazett, had been born on the island of Saint Helena and that he worked in London for the East India Company. Bazett's son, Colman's third great-grandfather Charles Bazett, married Harriot Slessor. Researchers discovered that she was born in the Indian city of Kishanganj, lost her British father when she was aged three, and then made the journey to England alone. Slessor's passage was paid for by her paternal grandmother. The episode speculated that Slessor's mother might have been Indian, but did not present concrete proof; after the episode aired, the Berkshire Record Office published the will of Slessor's mother, which proved that her name was Seraphina Donclere, evidently of European origin, and that she died in 1810.

Movies & TV shows

2022.

1 Movie
Empire of Light

Empire of Light

2022
An old cinema on the South Coast of England was the location of a love story.

2021.

6 Movies · 1 TV show
Ron's Gone Wrong

Ron's Gone Wrong

2021
The story of the wonderful walking, talking, digitally connected bot that sweeps the world and becomes every kid's new best friend. When an eleven-year-old boy ends up with one that doesn't work, his ...
The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

2
2021
She was accepted to a film school. When her family's plans are disrupted by a tech uprising, they drive her to school. The Mitchells will have to work together.
TV
Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure

Trip Hazard: My Great British Adventure

2021
Rosie Jones takes celebrity friends on exciting outings around Britain, gorging on culture, learning local traditions and seeking excitement in the unlikeliest of places.
Letters Live from the Archive: International Women’s Day

Letters Live from the Archive: International Women’s Day

2021
Celebrate International Women’s Day with this brand new inspiring film from LETTERS LIVE. In “LETTERS LIVE from the Archive: International Women’s Day”, remarkable letters are read by a diverse array ...
Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel

Letters Live from the Archive: Union Chapel

2021
Since 2017, Letters Live has produced 11 shows at the Union Chapel, with no two shows being the same.
Letters Live from the Archive: Freemasons’ Hall

Letters Live from the Archive: Freemasons’ Hall

2021
Inspired by "Letters of Note", the bestselling anthology compiled by Shaun Usher, and "To the Letter" by Simon Garfield, Letters Live is a series of curated, live events that celebrate the enduring po...
Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday

2021
A maid has the day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday. They are and Mr. They are and Mr. They are and Mr. and Mrs. They celebrated the engagement of their neighbour's son at a lunch. Jane is free on a ...

2020.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
The Father

The Father

9.67
2020
A man refuses help from his daughter. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even the fabric of his reality.
Death to 2020

Death to 2020

7
2020
Even the creators of Black Mirror couldn't make it up, but that doesn't mean they don't have a little something to add. The comedy event that tells the story of the dreadful year that was is a documen...
Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas

Cinderella: A Comic Relief Pantomime for Christmas

2020
There is a stellar cast of actors, entertainers and comedians in a very special adaptation of Cinderella for Comic Relief.
Nasrin

Nasrin

2020
A film about a human rights activist and political prisoner in Iran and the country's women's rights movement has been secretly filmed for over two years. The rights of women, children, LGBT prisoners...
TV
Becoming You

Becoming You

2020
Through the eyes of over 100 kids across the globe, this docuseries chronicles how children learn to think, speak, move, and love.
Turtle Journey: The Crisis in Our Oceans

Turtle Journey: The Crisis in Our Oceans

2020
A turtle family makes their way home through the ocean. There is a message about the importance of protecting the oceans.

2019.

2 Movies
The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama

The Favourite: Unstitching the Costume Drama

2019
Behind the scenes of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Favourite.
Them That Follow

Them That Follow

6.25
2019
Lemuel Childs is a pastor who handles venomous snakes. Mara holds a secret that threatens to tear the church apart: her romantic past with a nonbeliever. As Mara prepares for her wedding to a devoted ...

2018.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Watership Down

Watership Down

2018
Fleeing their doomed warren, a group of rabbits struggle to find and defend a new home.
TV
Flatpack Empire

Flatpack Empire

2018
A behind-the-scenes look at IKEA, one of the world's most successful, enigmatic and recognisable global brands.
All The World's a Stage

All The World's a Stage

2018
All The World's A Stage is about an actor who loses his sense of identity and feels he can no longer perform. Due to this loss, he decides to quit the play he is the star of - with devastating consequ...
TV
Les Misérables

Les Misérables

7
2018
France was founded in 1814. Jean Valjean, a common thief, is released from prison after having lived a hell in life for 19 years, but a small mistake puts the law again on his trail. Inspector Javert ...
Let's Dance

Let's Dance

2018
Justin Peck, the New York City Ballet's resident choreographer, created a series of dances for 2018's best actors. The scenarios put everyday characters in familiar situations: packed into a subway ...
The Favourite

The Favourite

7.16
2018
England was in the early 18th century. The rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite is caused by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, who is threatening the close relationship between Que...

2017.

2 Movies
Murder on the Orient Express

Murder on the Orient Express

6.38
2017
Poirot investigated a murder on the train.
National Theatre Live: Mosquitoes

National Theatre Live: Mosquitoes

2017
In 2008, as the Large Hadron Collider searches for the Higgs boson, tragedy throws two sisters together. The collision threatens them all with chaos. Olivia Colman and Olivia Williams play the sister...

2016.

4 Movies · 6 TV shows
TV
Fleabag

Fleabag

7.5
2016
Fleabag is thrown up against the walls of contemporary London, sleeping with anyone who dares to stand too close, squeezing money from wherever she can, rejecting anyone who tries to help her, and kee...
Our Queen at Ninety

Our Queen at Ninety

2016
Documentary following the Queen and members of the British Royal Family.
TV
The Night Manager

The Night Manager

6.35
2016
The intelligence community has an alliance with the secret arms trade. Pine needs to become a criminal in order to get into the inner circle of Richard Onslow Roper.
Thomas & Friends: Tinsel on the Tracks

Thomas & Friends: Tinsel on the Tracks

2016
Thomas & Friends Christmas movie, 2016.
TV
​The Story of Cats

​The Story of Cats

2016
The story of the cat is told in a book. The series explores the relationship between big cats in the wild and our domestic pussycats and the feline species' journey from the jungles of South East Asia...
Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

2016
Victims of domestic violence bravely face the camera as they describe the horrors they've endured at the hands of those they love.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

2016
We're Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure in search of bears. Coming up again...
TV
Flowers

Flowers

5.79
2016
There is a dark comedy about the eccentric members of the Flowers family. Maurice and Deborah are still together. Maurice's batty mother and their maladjusted twin children live with them.
TV
The Secret Life of the Zoo

The Secret Life of the Zoo

2016
The most popular zoo in Britain is Chester Zoo. There are animals captured by this series.
TV
The Crown

The Crown

6.96
2016
The inside story of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Prime Ministers who shaped Britain's post-war destiny is gripping. The intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that sh...

2015.

5 Movies · 1 TV show
The Lobster

The Lobster

4.71
2015
In a future where single people are forced to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or be transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods, they are taken to The Hotel.
TV
Earth's Natural Wonders

Earth's Natural Wonders

2015
Documentary series examining what it takes to survive in some of the most extreme places on the planet.
Earth's Natural Wonders

Earth's Natural Wonders

2015
Across our planet there are a handful of places that just take your breath away: Everest, The Grand Canyon, Victoria Falls, The Amazon. We call them Natural Wonders. Three Episodes
London Road

London Road

2015
London Road is a musical drama that documents the events of 2006, when the quiet rural town of Ipswich was shattered by the discovery of the bodies of five women. The residents of London Road had stru...
Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

Thomas & Friends: Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure: The Movie

2015
I would love to have timbers. Surprises await Thomas and his friends as they dig up their most daring adventure yet. Thomas is looking for Sodor's lost treasure. Thomas is on a boat. Will Sailor John ...
David Attenborough Meets President Obama

David Attenborough Meets President Obama

2015
On his 89th birthday, Sir David Attenborough pays his first ever visit to the White House to be interviewed by one of his biggest fans, United States President Barack Obama.

2014.

5 Movies · 4 TV shows
Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

Pudsey the Dog: The Movie

2014
A heartwarming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, PUDSEY THE DOG: THE MOVIE follows cheeky London stray dog, Pudsey, who is quite happy being a lone ranger, looking out for number...
TV
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

6.26
2014
Jimmy was Jay Leno's replacement. After 42 years in Los Angeles, the program was brought back to New York.
The Kármán Line

The Kármán Line

2014
When a mother is hit by a rare condition that sees her lift off the ground at a slow but ever increasing rate, her husband and daughter are forced to come to terms with losing her.
Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave: The Movie

Thomas & Friends: Tale of the Brave: The Movie

2014
Thomas is working at the Clay Pits when a storm closes in and the rain makes the clay cliffs unstable. A flash of lightning reveals what looks like giant footprints on the slope above, but a landslide...
TV
The Great War: The People's Story

The Great War: The People's Story

2014
Through original diaries, letters, and memoirs, this unforgettable documentary tells how the lives of regular British men and women were transformed by the Great War.
TV
The 7.39

The 7.39

2014
Carl Matthews commutes by train to London where he works in a property management office under a boss who is pressuring him to dismiss an employee. He has a kind and supportive wife Maggie and two tee...
TV
Mr. Sloane

Mr. Sloane

2014
The man is named Mr. The 1960's man in crisis is the title of the character. Between his failed attempts at marriage, career success, and even suicide, 1969 isn't shaping up to be a good year for Mr. ...
Cuban Fury

Cuban Fury

10
2014
A salsa king's heart is undiscovered. A woman is going to reignite his fire.
Locke

Locke

4.83
2014
Ivan Locke is trying to create a good life for himself. Life will fall apart around him tonight. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a ser...

2013.

4 Movies · 2 TV shows
I Give It a Year

I Give It a Year

4.33
2013
Two people are getting married. Their relationship was in danger during their first year of marriage.
The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale

2013
Biographer Margaret Lea travels to the isolated rural mansion of the famous writer Vida Winter, who asks her to write her biography. Although initially she is reluctant, as Vida is known for constantl...
TV
Run

Run

6
2013
Four gritty no-holds-barred human stories of the streets, all linked together in some respect.
The Murder in Angel Lane

The Murder in Angel Lane

2013
When Mr. Whicher, a retired policeman, helps a country lady to find her niece, he is drawn into a disturbing case of murder which brings him up against wealthy and powerful figures and throws him into...
TV
Broadchurch

Broadchurch

5.98
2013
The media frenzy caused by the murder of a young boy in a small coastal town threatens to tear the community apart.
The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot

2013
The Doctors of Doctor Who would like to be involved in the 50th anniversary of the show. Is it possible for them to manage it?

2012.

2 Movies
Bad Sugar

Bad Sugar

2012
A dysfunctional, wealthy mining dynasty, with an ailing patriarch and some greedy siblings. A peculiarly British take on telenovela style melodramas, played for laughs.
Hyde Park on Hudson

Hyde Park on Hudson

6
2012
The story of the love affair between FDR and Margaret Stuckley was told during the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom were in upstate New York.

2011.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Iron Lady

The Iron Lady

5.13
2011
A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.
TV
Exile

Exile

4.33
2011
Exile deals with the topic of Alzheimer's disease against a background of corruption. It stars John Simm and Jim Broadbent. John Simm received a BAFTA nomination for his role as Tom Ronstadt in the se...
See Me

See Me

2011
Three 16 year old school girls and their 30-something teacher are trapped in one room on a school detention. They are bored, frustrated and waiting for something to happen... And then it does.
TV
Twenty Twelve

Twenty Twelve

7
2011
John Morton is the creator and director of Twenty Twelve. The spoof on-location documentary follows the organisation of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The first series of Twenty Twelve was broadc...
Tyrannosaur

Tyrannosaur

6
2011
The story of Joseph, a man who is plagued by violence and rage that is driving him to self-destruction. Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker, has a chance of redemption when Joseph's life spirals i...

2010.

2 TV shows
TV
Rev.

Rev.

2010
Sitcom about a former rural parish vicar trying to cope with the varied demands of running an inner-city church.
TV
Accused

Accused

5.5
2010
Accused is a British television anthology series created by Jimmy McGovern. The drama series first aired on 15 November 2010 on BBC One and has run for two series. Each episode follows a different cha...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Mister Eleven

Mister Eleven

2009
Mister Eleven is an ITV romantic drama starring Michelle Ryan and Sean Maguire. The two-part series was broadcast on 11 and 18 December 2009. It also stars Adam Garcia, Lynda Bellingham, Olivia Colman...
Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

Le Donk & Scor-zay-zee

2009
An improvised comedy, shot over five days by Shane Meadows, devised with and starring Paddy Considine. Rock roadie and failed musician, Le Donk has lived, loved and learned. Along the way he's lost a ...

2008.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Beautiful People

Beautiful People

2008
Beautiful People is a British comedy drama television series based on the memoirs of Barneys creative director Simon Doonan. The series takes place in Reading, Berkshire, in 1997, where thirteen-year-...
Consuming Passion

Consuming Passion

2008
Three intertwined stories to celebrate the the centenary of romance publishing house Mills & Boon. The first concerns Charles Boon's tempestuous relationship with his wife Mary, and is complemente...
Hancock & Joan

Hancock & Joan

2008
Drama which tells the story of comedian Tony Hancock's love affair with his friend's wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.

2007.

6 Movies · 3 TV shows
The Grey Man

The Grey Man

2007
Based on the actual life and events of American serial killer, rapist and cannibal Albert Fish, an mistreated orphan which himself became a self punishing beast later in life.
TV
Skins

Skins

6.67
2007
A group of rambunctious teenage friends are the focus of a comedy drama.
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
TV
Would I Lie to You?

Would I Lie to You?

2007
A panel show featuring team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell as well as two guests per side. Each person has to reveal embarrassing facts. The opposing team is storytellers.
Hot Fuzz

Hot Fuzz

7.63
2007
Nicholas Angel, a former London police officer, has a hard time adapting to his new job in the sleepy British village of Sandford. He misses the excitement of the big city but has a meaning for a part...
I Could Never Be Your Woman

I Could Never Be Your Woman

6.38
2007
The movie follows a mother who falls for a younger man while her daughter falls in love for the first time. Mother Nature messes with people's fates.
Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

2007
An English community gets angry when a refugee family is given a plot of land to grow vegetables.
The Time of Your Life

The Time of Your Life

2007
A 35 year old woman, Kate, awakes from an eighteen year coma following a tragic accident to an unfamiliar world. As she tries to make sense of what has happened her family and old school friends are r...
Dog Altogether

Dog Altogether

2007
Joseph is a man plagued by a violence and rage who is driving him to self destruction. As he falls further into turmoil, Joseph scours the landscape in search of a single grain of redemption that migh...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Confetti

Confetti

2006
Three couples compete for the title of Most Original Wedding of the Year in a mockumentary.
TV
That Mitchell and Webb Look

That Mitchell and Webb Look

6.6
2006
That Mitchell and Webb Look is a British television sketch show starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Shown on BBC Two since 2006, its first two series were directed by David Kerr, who also directe...

2005.

2 Movies · 4 TV shows
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

2005
Tensions mount in the TV studio when a take-charge anchor is reunited with a man she has a "history" with.
TV
Doctor Who

Doctor Who

6.2
2005
The Doctor is a 900 year old alien who is part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor knows how to save planets.
TV
The Robinsons

The Robinsons

2005
The show's central character is a divorced reinsurance actuary, Ed Robinson, who realises that reinsurance is not his passion and decides to rethink his life.
Zemanovaload

Zemanovaload

2005
John Davies suffers from multiple obsessive compulsive disorders. When his current model girlfriend leaves him, he decides to replace her with the number 1 babe on planet Earth - Czech model Veronika ...
TV
ShakespeaRe-Told

ShakespeaRe-Told

2005
Four of Shakespeare's plays are dramatically relocated to the modern day.
TV
Love Soup

Love Soup

2005
Bittersweet comedy drama about the eternal search for the perfect partner.

2004.

3 TV shows
TV
Murder in Suburbia

Murder in Suburbia

2004
Murder in Suburbia aired in 2004.
TV
NY-LON

NY-LON

2004
In the United Kingdom, NY-LON aired on Channel 4. The series starred Rashida Jones and Stephen Moyer. In the United States, NY-LON was also broadcast.
TV
Green Wing

Green Wing

5.8
2004
She starts her first day at work dishevelled and under-deodorised, and along the way she meets an assortment of bizarre and demented characters. As you dive into the anarchic world of Green Wing Hospi...

2003.

2 TV shows
TV
Swiss Toni

Swiss Toni

2003
Swiss Toni is a fictional used-car dealer played by Charlie Higson, and also the title of a sitcom in which he is the main character. Swiss Toni is a 50-something car dealer going through a midlife cr...
TV
Peep Show

Peep Show

5.59
2003
The lives of two men from their twenties to thirties are chronicled in the series.

2002.

1 TV show
TV
Look Around You

Look Around You

5.88
2002
Look around you. Look around you. Look around you. What do you see? There is a lollipop. There is a store. All of these things have something in common. Can you tell me what it is?

2001.

2 TV shows
TV
The Office

The Office

6.12
2001
A sitcom is about a paper merchant.
TV
The Mitchell and Webb Situation

The Mitchell and Webb Situation

2001
The Mitchell and Webb Situation was a British television sketch show shown on Play UK in 2001. Written by and starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb, it lasted for one series of six episodes and was ...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
People Like Us

People Like Us

1999
People Like Us was a British radio and TV comedy programme, a spoof on-location documentary written by John Morton, and starring Chris Langham as Roy Mallard, an inept interviewer. Originally a radio ...

1993.

1 TV show
TV
GMTV

GMTV

1993
GMTV is the name of the national Channel 3 breakfast television contractor/licensee, broadcasting in the United Kingdom from 1 January 1993 to 3 September 2010. It became a wholly owned subsidiary of ...

1989.

1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.22
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...

1953.

1 TV show
TV
The Oscars

The Oscars

1953
The film industry is honored. A copy of the Oscar statuette is given to the various category winners. The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was where the first awards were held.

Unknown Year.

3 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Secret Invasion

Secret Invasion

For a long time, the Skrulls have been on Earth.
TV
Landscapers

Landscapers

A couple is about to kill their spouse's parents.
Unexpected Item

Unexpected Item

Life advice from a self service check out is probably the strangest deal you'll get in the supermarket today.
TV
Bruiser

Bruiser

The show is a form of entertainment.
Joyride

Joyride

A train wreck is about to give away her baby. They are two diamonds in the rough on the run.
The Lost Daughter

The Lost Daughter

A woman is on a beach vacation and starts to confront her past.
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